Parents and Carers

Parents & Carers FAQ’s

  • How can my child benefit from joining Scouts?
  • My child has a disability or additional need; can they join Scouts?
  • Is Scouts a religious organisation?
  • We’re moving to a new area, can I transfer my child to a new Scout Group?
  • My child is moving up a section; what do I need to do to help them prepare?
  • How much does Scouts cost?
  • What do Scouts wear and where can I buy it?
How can my child benefit from joining Scouts?

In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, nine out of ten parents said Scouting is worthwhile and nine in ten said their children find Scouting enjoyable.

As your child progresses through Scouts you should be able to see signs of the impact their Scouting adventure has on them.

Parents tell us Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility and a broader set of friends. Scouting can help develop your child’s social skills and encourage self-sufficiency, and gives them access to activities and opportunities that may have been otherwise unavailable to them. A huge number of parents agreed that since their child joined Scouting family life was easier and they were ‘nicer children to live with’.

My child has a disability or additional need; can they join Scouts?

The Scout Association is committed to being inclusive of all young people, regardless of ability or disability and has a clear Equal Opportunities Policy. There is flexibility within Scouting and all Scout groups should make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support the inclusion of young people with disabilities or additional needs.

Scouting is delivered by adult volunteers and is not a statutory provision (such as the education system, for example); however we endorse systems of supporting our volunteers with inclusion. We encourage local volunteers to meet with the parents/carers of the young person to discuss their individual needs and plan support strategies.  In some locations, there are also volunteers specialising in supporting inclusion. However, despite this and the best efforts of our volunteers, there may be situations where a particular Group does not have the capacity or resources to meet the needs of a young person or make the reasonable adjustments necessary. In such instances, local volunteers can work with the parents/carers, to find an alternative Group.

If further support or information is required, you can contact the Diversity and Inclusion team at Headquarters on

Is Scouts a religious organisation?

The Scout Association is an inclusive and values-based Movement. Membership is open to young people and adults of all faiths and beliefs, including the absence of an affirmed faith, humanists or atheists, who share our values. Our values are integrity, respect, care, belief and cooperation. A key element of the programme is spiritual development and exploring different faiths, beliefs and attitudes. There are a range of variations of the Promise (a commitment made by all members), to account for different age ranges, faith and beliefs and nationalities (including those who are stateless).

We’re moving to a new area, can I transfer my child to a new Scout Group?

If you’re moving to a new area, transferring to a new Scout Group can be great way of helping your child settle in and make friends. You should let your child’s current leader know as soon as you can that you’re planning to move.

When you know where you’re moving to, you can contact the local Group directly. All our contact details can be found on our Contact Us page.

You can also call the Scout Information Centre on 0345 300 1818. They will be able to put you in touch with a Group in your new area.

If you’re moving abroad, the Information Centre will be able to give you the details of the Scout Organisation in that country.

My child is moving up a section; what do I need to do to help them prepare?

When the time comes to move up to the next age range, a young person can have mixed feelings: excitement at moving on, sadness at leaving friends behind. Making the transition as smooth as possible goes a long way to helping your child settle into their new section.

First of all you need to check what the process involves with your child’s current Section Leader. You might need to put your child on a waiting list for the next section or, in some cases, it may happen automatically.

To get your young person extra prepared, their leader might tell you about the Moving on Award. Completing it involves spending at least three weeks with their new section, while keeping up your normal routine at your childs current section. During that time, they’ll see what the new section is really like – getting to know your new leaders, making new friends and participating in lots of new and exciting activities.

If your child has friends in their section that they want to move up with, make sure that the Section Leader knows about this so that they can help if possible. This could also be a good opportunity to arrange sharing transport to and from meetings.

How much does Scouts cost?

Our membership fee or “subs” is £10 per month paid online via Online Scout Manager (OSM). This covers the costs of weekly meeting venue hire & upkeep; badges; weekly activities, food & drinks and the UKHQ Membership fee (which covers, support, training, insurance etc. To see all that this cover, click here).

Activities such as camping & event trips may have additional costs and we notify parents/carers via email weeks before the event.

What do Scouts wear and where can I buy it?

Scouts wear a uniform depending on the age range. At 1st Sittingbourne (S.A) Scout Group, every member wears a uniform consisting of a Top, a pair of cargo style Activity Trousers and a red Scarf with Yellow and Blue borders, that they are presented with when they are invested into the Group.

You can buy the uniform at most school outfitters including Forsters Schoolwear, East Street, Sittingbourne and Rainham Sports, Rainham.

You can also buy the uniform online from the Scout Associations shop or Amazon.

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